Sticking Drops - Meteo EP [tube041]
«"Music happens somewhere else". I came up with that phrase when I needed one for lezrod's myspace site and later found that somebody else conceived it for an article on William Basinski and Richard Chartier's self-titled on the german magazine DE:Bug. This phrase describes very accurately the new release from Sticking Drops, a two people project from Italy. "Meteo" is one of the most interesting releases I have heard through 2006, and indeed happens somewhere else.
Lorenzo Tomio and Nicola Luchese managed to ellaborate an album where darkness and detail result in an awesome sonic experience where time runs in a creepy mode and space is merely a bizarre consequence of that.
This mixture of organic timbres and fragmented/chopped guitars creates a constant tension that results in a very hypnotic and fascinating experience; "Meteo" manages to keep the focus very intensely as the structures work in a very narrative way, very storytelling and yet very abstract.
Test Tube always releases pretty amazing material, but I have to say this record was very special for me and I am very honoured and glad to get to review it.
Indeed an album that stands out.» - David Velez
May 10, 2006
Abstract, Emotive, and Tense
A brief release of three tracks deep in abstraction, brimming with emotion, and full of tension. Pioggia is melancholic with its sad tones, broken sounds, and disturbing textures of glitch. Grandine is a chaotic, beatless, and deeply abstract collage of scratchy, unnerving noises until about the halfway point at which time it takes slightly more structured and rhythmic atmosphere. The keeper track for me is Neve an initially loud and aggressive piece of noise that within a few minutes becomes a tense and sinister drone full of electronic hum and microscopic tones. LAJ-